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Volkswagen ends Up! production as it joins growing list of axed models

  • Volkswagen has ended production of the Up!
  • The small car was built in its Bratislava plant
  • It joins the growing list of axed models from Volkswagen

Time 6:50 am, October 10, 2023

The Volkswagen Up! has been revealed as the latest car to face the production production axe and is now only available to buy from dealer stock in the UK.

It follows in the footsteps of the Volkswagen Golf, Passat and Beetle, which have all ended production in recent years and meant iconic names have been lost from dealership forecourts.

The Up! was the smallest and cheapest model in the VW range but the final example has already been produced, Autocar exclusively revealed.

Although it had only been produced for 12 years, a short run compared to the others already lost, it was produced in a range of powertrains from the powerful GTI model to eco-friendly e-UP!

At the start of the year Volkswagen took the GTI model off sale, stating that demand was outstripping supply but they would build all current orders.

The small car was produced at VW Group’s Bratislava factory in Slovakia. It was produced alongside the nearly identical Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo, which have both already been removed from their respective brand line-ups.

This leaves the Polo as the smallest car in the VW line-up, although the brand has already speculated that it doesn’t have a certain future.

It’s been a similar story across the car industry, as manufacturers move their focus from internal combustion to electric powertrain models.

Earlier this year the Ford Fiesta was removed from sale, marking the end of an era for another name that has lasted decades on sale.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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